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Ulrika Jonsson, 53, admits she loathes mammograms yet urges women to screen their breasts


Ulrika Jonsson has detailed her struggle with having mammograms in a candid post shared on Saturday.

The TV presenter, 53, shared snaps from her breast cancer examination, as she admitted to her followers she’d ‘rather have a smear test and give birth four times’ than do it, but still urged women to go to their appointments. 

Posing topless with her hands covering her modesty to raise awareness of the procedure, she admitted: ‘So here’s the thing. I don’t like mammograms. I’d rather have a smear test and give birth four times, back to back.

'I'd rather have a smear test and give birth four times': On Saturday Ulrika Jonsson admitted she loathes mammograms yet warned women of the potential fatalities of not doing screening

‘I’d rather have a smear test and give birth four times’: On Saturday Ulrika Jonsson admitted she loathes mammograms yet warned women of the potential fatalities of not doing screening

‘I have a somewhat compliqué relationship with my boobs. I didn’t have any for ages and when they finally showed up, they were the kind that enter the room 30sec before I did.

‘I hated them. Granted, they fed my children with varying degrees of success but I still detested them. As per, I went against the norm and had them reduced in 2009. Best thing ever.’

Detailing her concerns about the mammogram, she went on: ‘My last mammogram was SO painful, I walked in this time and blurted out: “I f*****g hate this….”. 

‘I was anxious. It had felt like the machine basically stamped on my breast. This time I had an empathetic nurse who said she wouldn’t go to “compression level 8 but just level 6”.

Struggle: Detailing her concerns about the mammogram, she went on: 'My last mammogram was SO painful, I walked in this time and blurted out: "I f*****g hate this...."'

Struggle: Detailing her concerns about the mammogram, she went on: ‘My last mammogram was SO painful, I walked in this time and blurted out: “I f*****g hate this….”‘

Candid: After struggling with her anxiety, Ulrika's nurse kindly offered to do the test at a lower setting which she claimed 'made all the difference' and didn't leave her in a 'boobie panic'

Candid: After struggling with her anxiety, Ulrika’s nurse kindly offered to do the test at a lower setting which she claimed ‘made all the difference’ and didn’t leave her in a ‘boobie panic’

‘It made all the difference. Still unpleasant but I didn’t have an internal, boobie panic. So, thank you Nurse Carolina for handing my little maracas with such care and reassuring me.

‘You must go if are asked to have a mammogram. I can guarantee it won’t kill you. But not going, could.’

She added: ‘(And I just need to pre-empt all those with mastectomies or double mastectomies that you have my utter empathy and love. But I don’t have to love and be grateful for my tits just because I have them).’

Advice: Ulrika urged women to not put off their screenings, as she added: 'You must go if are asked to have a mammogram. I can guarantee it won’t kill you. But not going, could'

Advice: Ulrika urged women to not put off their screenings, as she added: ‘You must go if are asked to have a mammogram. I can guarantee it won’t kill you. But not going, could’

Grateful: Ulrika wrote to her nurse: 'Thank you Nurse Carolina for handing my little maracas with such care and reassuring me'

Grateful: Ulrika wrote to her nurse: ‘Thank you Nurse Carolina for handing my little maracas with such care and reassuring me’

On Friday, Ulrika shared a snap ahead of having her mammogram while in the waiting room at the medical facility.

The star revealed to fans that she was having the breast cancer scan and made a joke about the procedure. 

She wrote over the picture: ‘Not gonna lie. Hate a mammogram. Thought I had one recently but maybe that’s my bad mammory… (see what I did there)’. 

A mammogram is an X-ray test which aims to find breast cancers early, when they are too small to see or feel. In the UK, according to the NHS, all women aged between 50-71 are invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years.

Alert: On Friday, Ulrika shared a snap ahead of having her mammogram while in the waiting room at the medical facility

Alert: On Friday, Ulrika shared a snap ahead of having her mammogram while in the waiting room at the medical facility

What is breast cancer screening? 

Screening is a procedure which allows doctors to catch breast cancer while it is still in its infancy and therefore easier to treat.

It involves an X-ray test – known as a mammogram – to check for signs of cancer which are too small to see or feel.

The results of the mammogram will be sent to the women and her GP within two weeks. Around 5 per cent will be called back for further tests.

It is used to look for signs of breast cancer in women who don’t have any breast symptoms or problems. 

Mammograms can also be used to look at a woman’s breast if she has breast symptoms or if a change is seen on a screening mammogram. 

When used in this way, they are called diagnostic mammograms. They may include extra views (images) of the breast that aren’t part of screening mammograms. 

Source: Cancer.org 

Her latest post comes after Ulrika hit back at people who use the term ‘4×4 mum’ as she defended Stacey Solomon after a cruel troll criticised her family set-up. 

The star told how she was happy to read that Stacey, 31, whose three sons all have different fathers, defended herself when an internet user questioned her home life. 

Writing in her column for The Sun, Ulrika, who has four children with four former partners, told how she has been called a ‘4×4 mum’ numerous times over the years, saying it is term used to shame women.

She wrote: ‘For me, it wasn’t just about the humour of it. It was meant to injure. To hurt and, above all, to shame a woman. I didn’t particularly want to be associated with the label because I felt no sense of shame. At all.

‘My simple history was made to look and seem complicated by the fact that my life had worked out differently to normal expectations — to the “norm”.

She added: ‘The simple truth — which applies to both me and Stacey — is that we are good, caring mothers. We chose to have our children — we longed for them, regardless of the circumstances of their creation.’

Ulrika recalled how hurt she felt when, 12 years ago, she watched an episode of Loose Women where one of the panellists, who she did not name, said: ‘It must be like Euston Station at her house with all the kids coming and going.’

The presenter admitted the comment ‘burned’ but she was defended by then panellist Jane McDonald.

Ulrika had her son Cameron, 26, with her first husband John Turnball followed by daughter Bo, 21, with her ex Markus Kempen.

She welcomed daughter Martha, 16, with ex-husband Lance Gerrard-Wright and had her fourth child, Malcolm, 12, with Brian Monet.

Family: Her latest post comes after Ulrika hit back at people who use the term '4x4 mum' as she defended Stacey Solomon after a cruel troll criticised her family set-up

Family: Her latest post comes after Ulrika hit back at people who use the term ‘4×4 mum’ as she defended Stacey Solomon after a cruel troll criticised her family set-up

Matriarch: Ulrika is mother to daughter Martha, 16, from her marriage to Lance Gerrard-Wright (pictured with ex-husband Brian Monet in 2012)

Matriarch: Ulrika is mother to daughter Martha, 16, from her marriage to Lance Gerrard-Wright (pictured with ex-husband Brian Monet in 2012)

Ulrika said she was always maternal and does not look at the end of any of her relationships as failures, noting she still co-parents Malcolm with Brian.

Recalling other hurtful comments from the past, Ulrika told how Jack Whitehall made a ‘4×4’ jibe at her after she won Celebrity Big Brother in 2009.

Ulrika said she realised at the time the term would be her ‘mantle’ and felt it was ‘bleak’ to think her career achievements had amounted to that.

The broadcaster added that the term ‘4×4’ is used to imply a woman is promiscuous but Ulrika insisted all of her children were planned and deeply wanted. 

Ulrika also noted there is far less stigma directed towards men who have children with multiple women. 

Relationship: Ulrika and Lace were married from 2003 to 2006 (pictured together in 2003)

Relationship: Ulrika and Lace were married from 2003 to 2006 (pictured together in 2003)

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